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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Feb 24, 2009 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hartford '77!!

pretty good summation!

For me '77 was simply the most consistently excellent run of shows, beginning to end of one year. Band members are still young, but more mature in their playing and approach to the music; they're energized after a year of getting their "sea legs" back from hiatus in '76 and are now playing with greater verve and confidence...the shows both flow smoothly and rock hard. Jerry's voice has yet to hit its decline.

Other pluses: New intros of songs from TERRAPIN that became classics; more jammed-out versions of songs they'd been playing for years and now perfected with those extended jams (i.e. HALF STEP, JACK STRAW, BERTHA, TMNS, ROW JIMMY, LOSER, BLACK PETER, DEW, SUGAR MAG, and more); a more controlled Donna than in the early 70's; the advent of the SCARLET>FIRE combo, along with some of the best ever performed.